Back then I was working in the Reference Department at Arizona State University’s Hayden Library, where we were barraged by student requests for information about the Bermuda Triangle for the term papers they had to write.Librarians know how to do research, which in the 1970s was far more difficult than it is with the technologies that exist today.Within this roughly triangular area, known as the “Bermuda Triangle,” most of the total vanishments have occurred.
Just as much false information today is spread by the Internet and social media, back then we knew that everything we found was not necessarily accurate.
Today I still get letters and emails from students who are writing papers, only now they also have my information to use.
UFOs were a new, popular, and exciting topic in the 1950s. Author Larry Kusche interviewed Stoll in his Michigan home.
Stoll, the leader of Flight 18, heard Taylor on the radio when he was in the northern Bahamas.
We could not find much about the Triangle, so I placed an ad in several library journals and soon received a large collection of magazine and newspaper articles, which I made available to the students.
In retrospect, those students and many others across the country were a significant factor in the early growth of the Triangle story.Flight 19 is such a significant part of the Triangle story that, if the planes had safely returned to base, the concept of the Bermuda Triangle would never have been created.We would never have heard of the Bermuda Triangle, and all the articles, books, documentaries, movies, and websites about it would never have been created. The most important chapter is “Flight 19,” the account of the five Navy Avenger torpedo bombers and a Martin Mariner PBM that disappeared on December 5, 1945.Flight 19 was on an overwater navigation-training flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the Bahamas and back.It might not seem likely, but pilots and librarians have an important common attribute.They absolutely hate to make a mistake, to be wrong.There were no survivors, no wreckage, no SOS, no clues.I had always wanted to write a book, but because I was entering a new profession and had a young family, there had never been a topic that so captured my interest that I was willing to embark on what would obviously be a huge research project. By my early twenties I was a commercial pilot, flight instructor, instrument pilot, instrument flight instructor, advanced ground instructor, and flight engineer.His account of Flight 19 was largely based on the fictional quotations in the magazine article.Many of the later mysteryans accepted Gaddis’s version and then embellished it with their own speculations rather than doing original research. My source of information about Flight 19 in Chapter 22 of .” No one who had declared the loss of Flight 19 to be paranormal or UFO-related used the official Navy report.